The Springfield Museum is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of encaustic and oil paintings by Jean M. Denis. Her work emerged from her fascination with ancient Egypt. She has developed a series of paintings which are her endeavor to emulate the essence of individual inhabitants who lived in the Fayum district in Egypt over 2000 years ago. At that time, portraits were painted while the person was still alive and placed over the face of the mummy upon their death. Some were so lifelike that when discovered, it looked as if there was a living person inside the sarcophagus. Ms Denis uses the same process of ‘encaustic’ painting that the original artists used which is essentially pigmented beeswax that is heated, painted, and ‘burned in’ or fused onto the board with a blow torch or heat gun. The show goes up January 5, 2010, with a demo and opening on Friday, January 15, 2010. Please join us for this unique and captivating show.
THANKS, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR - I hope to see you out painting - and great painting in the weekly!!!